Charles Brecard

Choreographer and dancer

Extract from the work Soliloquy.

Length : 20 minutes.

Share the evening with Emmanuelle Martin, Adrian W.S. Batt and Véronique Giasson.

Indoor program
Sunday, September 12th 8pm
Cinquième Salle de la Place des Arts

Soliloquy

Solo

A soliloquy is a monologue addressed to oneself, the expression of one’s thoughts out loud. In SOLILOQUY, the performer meanders through his own ruminations, challenging himself to face his emotions, doubts and worries. While on his introspective journey, he shares the stage with a skeleton symbolizing the last vestiges of humanity. A waltz between the man and the carcass ensues, evoking a stream of confessions, accusations and discourse. 

The pessimistic, almost fatalistic tone of the piece is juxtaposed with humour, joy and sincerity; the artist aspires to stimulate the imagination and question its propensity for denial. May inertia give way to action and taking a stand.

Extract from the work Chaînons Manqués.

Length : 20 minutes.

Share the evening with Geneviève Gagné.

Indoor program
Monday, September 13th 8pm
Cinquième Salle de la Place des Arts

Chaînons Manqués

quintet

As a distortion of the term “chaînons manquants” (missing links) from Darwin’s theory of evolution, the title of this piece represents the entity that allowed us to transition from ape to human. The word “Manqués” (missed) represents the emaciation of the bodies featured in the piece, as though the performers were emerging from an experiment gone wrong. Nevertheless, they continue to prove their worth, grit and determination while demonstrating their individuality and developing greater social cohesion. This piece was commissioned by the École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal and features the first professional experience of these five emerging artists.

Biography

Originally from New Caledonia, Charles Brecard graduated from the École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal (EDCM) in 2017. He has since collaborated with several Montréal artists, such as Parts + Labor_Danse, Andrea Peña, Andrew Skeels and Martin Messier. His boundless curiosity led him to Europe, where he attended numerous training courses. Influenced by urban, folk and contemporary dance styles, he has developed his own teaching and creative practices. His works have been presented in New Brunswick, Montréal, France and Germany.

Artistic vision

As an admirer of raw, visceral and aesthetically recognizable movement, I draw my inspiration from Krump, Bboying, Popping and the fluidity of contemporary dance, with a view to finding their common ground. More than anything, I seek a balance between the spontaneity of improvisation and the structure of choreography. My current style, which is fluid, continuous and expressive, vacillates between the two extremes of tension and release, oscillating between control, power, sensitivity and surrender.

Photo credits portrait: Olivia N’guyen

Photo credits performance: Nanne Springer

SOLILOQUY
Chorégraphie, concept et interprétation : Charles Brecard
Design lumière et scénographie : Mateo Barrera
Composition musicale : Mateo Barrera et Matt Elliott
Œil extérieur : Chantal Cadieux
Remerciements : CRCS St-Zotique, Espace Yambae, DansEncorps pour les résidences studios, Nanne Springer pour les photos de promotion et toutes les personnes qui ont croisé et nourri mon chemin.

Chaînons Manqués
An order of Ecole de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal
Choreography: Charles Brecard avec l’aide des interprètes
Dancers : Elisa Barrat, Klaudy Gardner, Sabrina Dupuis, Evelynn Yan, Ernesto Quesada Perez, Gabrielle Kachan (création)
Music: Bedouin, Erik Truffaz & Murcof, No Blues, Matt Elliott
External eye and repeater: Isabelle Poirier
Light: Stéphane Ménigot et Mateo Barrera
Thanks: Lucie Boissinot, l’EDCM, Rafik Hubert Sabbagh, to the dancers and all the people who believe in this work.